Newsline for August 11, 2011

Newsline for August 11, 2011: Stories include 1. Capitol Building Prayer vigil participants arrested. 2. Training schedule announced by Children’s Disaster Services. 3. McPherson College recognized for community service. 4. Brethren Benefit Trust hosts Church Benefits Association. 5. New Windsor Conference Center Director resigns. 6. Ronald E. Wyrick to serve as Interim District Executive.

CDS Volunteers Go to Springfield, Complete Joplin Response

A new response site for Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is Springfield, Mass., which was hit by a tornado on June 2. A team of five CDS volunteers began work there late last week in response to a call from the American Red Cross. Meanwhile, CDS volunteers are completing a project to care for children of families living in shelters in Joplin, Mo.

Emergency Disaster Fund Makes Grants for Tornado Response

Two grants have been given from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) for disaster response work following recent tornadoes in the United States. A grant of $15,000 responds to an expanded appeal from Church World Service (CWS) following a weekend of tornadoes that affected seven states from Oklahoma to Minnesota, and $5,000 is supporting the work of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers in Joplin, Mo.

Brethren Disaster Ministries issues update on tornado, flood response

Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) has issued a situation report on the severe storms in the South, and an update on its new rebuilding work following last year’s flooding in Tennessee. Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) also is reporting from its work to care for children and families affected by the disasters. (May 2011)